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Vector Analysis and its use for Interpreting Plant Nutrient Shifts in Response to Silvicultural Treatments

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Vector analysis is a technique that allows for simultaneous comparison of plant growth, nutrient concentration, and nutrient content in an integrated graphic format. Vector analysis offers several advantages over conventional methods. Because it is comparative, it allows interpretation independent of predetermined critical levels or ratios. It is also useful for examining plant responses to various silvicultural treatments and for comparing differences among plants subjected to specific conditions. The construction, interpretation, and application of vector diagrams are described. For. Sci. 41(1):54-66.

Keywords: Minerals; fertilization; growth-nutrient interactions; nutrient diagnosis; response analysis

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis 97331

Publication date: February 1, 1995

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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